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Royal Gulf flypast over Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 09:10 13 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

PILOTS from the Iraq war will take part in a flypast over East Anglia this weekend to mark The Queen's official birthday.

A total of 11 RAF aircraft including Tornado and Jaguar fighter jets, a huge VC-10 refuelling aircraft and a C-17 Globemaster will take part in the display on Saturday.

PILOTS from the Iraq war will take part in a flypast over East Anglia this weekend to mark The Queen's official birthday.

A total of 11 RAF aircraft including Tornado and Jaguar fighter jets, a huge VC-10 refuelling aircraft and a C-17 Globemaster will take part in the display on Saturday.

Eight types of aircraft will fly over Buckingham Palace at 1pm following the traditional Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

The formation will fly over at an altitude of 1,500ft and at 315mph.

An RAF spokesman said: "The formation will join up near Southwold on the Suffolk coast before heading for central London via the Colchester area and Fairlop.

"After overflying the Palace from the direction of the Mall, the aircraft will head north west before dispersing to their home stations."

The formation will be led by Squadron Leader Keith Hewitt of 99 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton, in his Globemaster.

Deputy formation leader will be Flight Lieutenant Keith Moran of 216 Squadron at the same Oxfordshire base, and is among those who have recently returned from operations in Iraq.

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